Shetland DK

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Fibre: Shetland

Farm: Inverhouse, St Finbarr’s, Meadows, Bogallan, Woodside & Craiglands

Clipping Year: 2018/2020

Weight: DK

Meterage: 220m/100g, Suggested Needles: 4-5.5mm

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Shetland DK is spun at The Natural Fibre Company.  The fleece is extremely good quality (read more about the flocks involved here in ‘Meet the Sheep’).  When I spent time with Oliver Henry* of Jamieson and Smith in early 2019 I found that Oliver knows Sally Wild who has Meadows Flock (Sally is also chair of the Highland branch of the Shetland Sheep Society).  Oliver is familiar with Sally’s flock and commented that he would expect her fleeces to fall into the Superfine and Grade 1 categories.

The Shetland sheep is perhaps known as the British breed with the finest wool and that is certainly the case with this very soft and plump worsted spun yarn.  Shetland wool from Shetland is traditionally and typically woollen spun but this isn’t an attempt to mimic true ‘Shetland’ Shetland yarn and is quite a different take on a very Scottish yarn from special flocks here in the Highlands.

*I was lucky enough to spend time with Oliver Henry, in the Jamieson and Smith wool shed where he has worked for over 50 years sorting the Shetland wool clip. I had approached Oliver to ask if he could spare a few hours to help me improve my wool grading – and had the most incredibly informative morning with him, immersed in fleece.  Oliver is also the 2019 Patron of Shetland Wool Week.

Shetland DK is ideal for cosy winter knits. The Callachy Hat and Mitts pattern were designed for Shetland DK and each pattern takes less than one skein. The Eathie Shawl knits beautifully in three contrasting skeins of Shetland DK. All three patterns can be bought as paper copies with Ravelry download codes directly from my pattern shop – here. My most recent Shetland DK knit is the Sian Sweater by Elizabeth Doherty – I am really enjoying this cosy and flattering sweater. My version is knit with Natural Mocha for the main colour and Toasted Coconut (dyed with alder cones and cutch) for the contrast colour.

Clipping year: 2018 & 2020 | Weight: DK | Rec. Needles: 4-5.5mm

White

Shetland

Farm:
Inverhouse, St Finbarr's, Meadows, Bogallan, Woodside & Craiglands

Metres per 100g:
220/100g

Shale

Shetland

Farm:
Inverhouse, St Finbarr's, Meadows, Bogallan, Woodside & Craiglands

Metres per 100g:
220/100g

Fawn

Shetland

Farm:
Inverhouse, St Finbarr's, Meadows, Bogallan, Woodside & Craiglands

Metres per 100g:
220/100g

Mocha

Shetland

Farm:
Inverhouse, St Finbarr's, Meadows, Bogallan, Woodside & Craiglands

Metres per 100g:
220/100g

Harvest Gold 1

Shetland

Farm:
Inverhouse, St Finbarr's, Meadows, Bogallan, Woodside & Craiglands

Metres per 100g:
220/100g

Harvest Gold 2

Shetland

Farm:
Inverhouse, St Finbarr's, Meadows, Bogallan, Woodside & Craiglands

Metres per 100g:
220/100g

Harvest Gold 3

Shetland

Farm:
Inverhouse, St Finbarr's, Meadows, Bogallan, Woodside & Craiglands

Metres per 100g:
220/100g

Gorse Green

Shetland

Farm:
Inverhouse, St Finbarr's, Meadows, Bogallan, Woodside & Craiglands

Metres per 100g:
220/100g

Arisaig

Shetland

Farm:
Inverhouse, St Finbarr's, Meadows, Bogallan, Woodside & Craiglands

Metres per 100g:
220/100g

Indigo

Shetland

Farm:
Inverhouse, St Finbarr's, Meadows, Bogallan, Woodside & Craiglands

Metres per 100g:
220/100g

Dark Indigo

Shetland

Farm:
Inverhouse, St Finbarr's, Meadows, Bogallan, Woodside & Craiglands

Metres per 100g:
220/100g

Damson

Shetland

Farm:
Inverhouse, St Finbarr's, Meadows, Bogallan, Woodside & Craiglands

Metres per 100g:
220/100g

Plum

Shetland

Farm:
Inverhouse, St Finbarr's, Meadows, Bogallan, Woodside & Craiglands

Metres per 100g:
220/100g

Toasted Coconut

Shetland

Farm:
Inverhouse, St Finbarr's, Meadows, Bogallan, Woodside & Craiglands

Metres per 100g:
220/100g

Caramel Swirl

Shetland

Farm:
Inverhouse, St Finbarr's, Meadows, Bogallan, Woodside & Craiglands

Metres per 100g:
220/100g

Dusky Plum Pink

Shetland

Farm:
Inverhouse, St Finbarr's, Meadows, Bogallan, Woodside & Craiglands

Metres per 100g:
220/100g

Seaweed

Shetland

Farm:
Inverhouse, St Finbarr's, Meadows, Bogallan, Woodside & Craiglands

Metres per 100g:
220/100g

Culloden

Shetland

Farm:
Inverhouse, St Finbarr's, Meadows, Bogallan, Woodside & Craiglands

Metres per 100g:
220/100g

  1. Black Isle Yarns Shetland is processed by The Natural Fibre Company.  The wool comes from real animals who enjoy an outdoor life (in beautiful surroundings, lucky beasts!) – consequently you may find the odd bit of vegetation in your yarn, these are easy to remove as you knit and, if you’re lucky enough to find some, I hope will remind you of the special animals who have grown your yarn!
  2. I do my best to show the yarn colours as accurately as possible but please be aware that colours do vary from monitor to monitor.
  3. Your yarn should be gently hand washed in cool water using pH neutral wool wash such as Eucalan or Soak. This may seem time consuming at first but should soon become an enjoyable part of working with a gently treated natural product.
  4. All my dyed colours have been thoroughly washed and rinsed however there may be a slight release of residual colour on washing – this shouldn’t change the overall yarn colour or alter other colours.